The Wellington Bomber Story

The Wellington Bomber Story

The only bomber in construction throughout the Second World War, the Wellington played a pivotal role in training and combat from its conception in the 1930s, through active service in the Far Eastern, Mediterranean and German arenas of ...

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher:

ISBN: 0752464167

Category: Vickers Wellington (Bomber)

Page: 128

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The Vickers Wellington was a British twin-engine, long range medium bomber, universally known as the ‘Wimpy’. The only bomber in construction throughout the Second World War, the Wellington played a pivotal role in training and combat from its conception in the 1930s, through active service in the Far Eastern, Mediterranean and German arenas of conflict, until its final use by the RAF in 1953.This book follows the fascinating story of the much-loved and innovatively designed Wellington throughout its life, including many tales from the aircraft’s years with Bomber Command. Illustrated with a wide selection of images, both colour and black and white, this book is a fitting tribute to a wonderful servant of the RAF.
Categories: Vickers Wellington (Bomber)

Shadows of the Past

Shadows of the Past

Author: Paul Phillip Gaunt

Publisher: Young Writers

ISBN: 0955751713

Category: Bomber pilots

Page: 216

View: 968

Categories: Bomber pilots

Duty with Honour the Story of a Young Canadian with Bomber Command in the Second World War

Duty with Honour  the Story of a Young Canadian with Bomber Command in the Second World War

The Story of a Young Canadian with Bomber Command in the Second World War
Elizabeth A. Reynolds. The weather ... The weather cleared sufficiently on
October 19 for Lindsay to have his first flight in a Vickers Wellington bomber. He
was ...

Author: Elizabeth A. Reynolds

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453563822

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 167

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The role of Bomber Command in World War II has been hotly debated over the years. Whatever one may think about the effectiveness and morality of the overall strategy, it is difficult to question the commitment of the individual airmen. Bomber Command suffered the greatest loss per capita of all the Allied forces, experiencing a 63 per cent casualty rate. At one point during the war a navigator could expect to survive fewer than 12 bombing operations. Duty With Honour is the story of one young navigator who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, from 1940-1945. Flight Lieutenant Lindsay Reynolds completed a tour of operations in the Middle East and returned home in 1943 to instruct in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada. This is the story of the impact of his experiences in a time of war, on the life he lived when World War II was over. It is a story of one mans commitment to duty with honour.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Wellington Bomber

The Wellington Bomber

His simple words could never tell the real story of that journey; the stumbling and
falling among the rocks with head lolling like a ... Two Wellington Squadrons -
142 and 150 - played an important part in the night bomber operations during the
 ...

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473853508

Category: History

Page: 240

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The Wellington Bomber was omnipresent during the Second World War, employed in a variety of contexts in the fight against the Axis powers. The pilots who flew this aircraft did so with an immense amount of pride, and there is perhaps no-one better placed to tell the story of this incredible aircraft than these men. Martin Bowman has drawn together a selection of first-hand pilot testimonies in an effort to record authentically the experience of flying the much-mythologised Wellington during one of the most challenging eras of aviation history. The book is supplemented by two plate sections of stirring black and white images.
Categories: History

March by Moonlight

March by Moonlight

This is their incredible story.

Author: Jack Love

Publisher:

ISBN: 0993415210

Category:

Page:

View: 978

In May 1942 RAF Bomber Command observer Jack Love s world comes crashing down, literally. His aircraft sustains flak damage and a catastrophic engine failure forces a crash-landing in Northern France. The pilot manages a safe belly-landing in a ploughed field, and the uninjured crew scramble free of the wreckage, running to safety as flames engulf the Wellington bomber. A five-week trek follows, mostly at night, as they march almost 300 miles across France, seeking the promise of sanctuary in Switzerland. They reach the River Doubs where wireless operator Stan Bradley tragically drowns during an attempt to swim the raging river. Pilot John Beecroft and front gunner Henry Hanwell reach the far bank, and subsequently become part of the now-famous Pat O Leary escape line. Jack and tail gunner Alec Crighton, unable to swim, attempt to find a suitable crossing, but stumble into a German patrol. For Jack and Alec The war is over . Three years of captivity follow, culminating in the infamous Long March . While incarcerated Jack wonders on the fate of his fellow crew members. Had they succeeded in reaching safety? It was a question that would be answered decades later when the surviving crew members shared a joyful reunion in Cambridge, only a few miles from where it had all started. March by Moonlight is Jack Love s personal account of the experiences he went through joining up for the RAF, training for, and then flying with RAF Bomber Command. He describes in graphic detail the night he was shot down, the subsequent extraordinary evasion attempt, and provides a fascinating insight into kriegie life, as he passes through numerous camps, enduring overcrowded and starvation rations as the war draws to a close. Jack Love and his fellow crew mates experienced it all; the perilous bombing operations, the strain of air combat, being shot down, cloak and dagger evasion, the frustration of capture, and the simple triumph of surviving against the odds. This is their incredible story."
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Wellingtons Over the Med

Wellingtons Over the Med

Robert Stowers, aged just 21 years, served in Wellington bombers over the Mediterranean.

Author: Richard Stowers

Publisher:

ISBN: 0473210959

Category: Bomber pilots

Page: 142

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Robert Stowers, aged just 21 years, served in Wellington bombers over the Mediterranean. He completed 42 operations against heavily defended ports, railways, airfields and troop concentrations in North Africa and Italy. No combat role in the war was easy. Robert witnessed death at 10,000 feet and on the ground. He knew the emotions of combat and the toll it took on the human soul. Like any other bomber pilot, he felt happiness and relief when he sighted his home airfield after returning from combat. Robert never talked much about his war experiences. There were bits here and there. But the war certainly defined him. Throughout his life he was known as a quiet, loving and modest man. Many believed he was a perfect gentleman. One would struggle to think he was once a bomber pilot. --Cover.
Categories: Bomber pilots

Artie Bomber Command Legend

Artie   Bomber Command Legend

The story of RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War has been told many times, but rarely has it been painted as vividly as this accounting of Artie Ashworth's experiences.

Author: Vincent A. Ashworth

Publisher: Fighting High

ISBN: 0992620759

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 104

The story of RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War has been told many times, but rarely as vividly as this account of Artie Ashworth's remarkable bravery and sacrifice, set within the greatest air battle of all time. Utilising his older brother's personal memoir and his logbooks as a basis, Vincent Ashworth skilfully crafts Artie's complete story. A man described by his contemporaries as an exceptional pilot, redoubtable, and simply legendary.
Categories: History

Aircrew

Aircrew

Bruce Lewis brings this book together to tell the story of the men who flew the bombers. The different roles within the aircraft are covered and each of their unique experiences discussed through first hand accounts.

Author: Bruce Lewis

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9780850524475

Category: History

Page: 196

View: 243

Bruce Lewis brings this book together to tell the story of the men who flew the bombers. The different roles within the aircraft are covered and each of their unique experiences discussed through first hand accounts.
Categories: History

The Stirling Story

The Stirling Story

Both ( respectively becoming the Wellington and Hampden ) were powered by air
- cooled radial engines , flew at ... The Air Ministry now outlined a new bomber
requirement to four firms - Armstrong Whitworth , Fairey , Handley - Page and ...

Author: Michael J. F. Bowyer

Publisher: Crecy Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025923264

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 307

Conceived in the shadow of looming war, when the RAF's bomber force was largely made up of obsolete and outmoded aircraft, the Stirling became the first British four-engined 'heavy' bomber of the Second World War. Developed, tested and brought into service in the first desperate years of the Second World War, the arrival of the Stirling marked a turning point in the aerial warfare of that conflict, the moment when the Allies went on the offensive against the German homeland. In the years that followed Stirling squadrons were at the forefront of the developing tactics of the Allied bomber campaign - target marking, pathfinding, electronic navigation, the thousand bomber raids etc. - that were ultimately to lead to the utter devastation of so many German cities. Despite this leading role the Stirling has never enjoyed the standing of the Halifax and the even more celebrated Lancaster. Handicapped by an unrealistic peacetime design specification, it could not match the performance of its more famous successors and was withdrawn from frontline service as deliveries of Lancasters and Halifaxes gathered momentum. However, even then the Stirling proved to be versatile and adaptable as a glider tug, transport in secret SOE operations, and later as a civilian transport in the immediate post-war years.The Stirling Story is the culmination of years of exhaustive research by one of the world's foremost aviation authors. From original design specification and testing, through its development, introduction to service, developing marks and later adaptations the full story of the Shorts Stirling bomber is told with the aid of eyewitness accounts from the designers, production workers, engineers and above all the crews of the Stirling. Much more than the history of just one aircraft type, The Stirling Story is the story of RAF Bomber Command emerging from obscurity and failure to become a devastatingly effective weapon of war. It is an essential work of reference that no serious military aviation enthusiast or war historian can afford to be without, as well as a fascinating read for anyone with any interest in, or connection with, the Shorts Stirling.'
Categories: History

From Battle of Britain Airman to PoW Escapee

From Battle of Britain Airman to PoW Escapee

This is the Second World War story of a champion cyclist turned airman who lived to tell the tale against almost impossible odds.

Author: Angela Walker

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473890749

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 899

This is the Second World War story of a champion cyclist turned airman who lived to tell the tale against almost impossible odds. A New Zealander in the RAF, Ian Walker took part in the Battle of Britain before transferring to Bomber Command and surviving three plane crashes in his Wellington bomber. The last of these saw him crash land in enemy territory, where he was eventually captured and taken prisoner. Confined within the claustrophobic walls of a POW camp, he hatched a plot with a fellow inmate to escape. This they achieved, almost miraculously, in broad daylight. Living on basic rations, they navigated the enemy wilds until they were captured, yet again, and taken back to prison.After languishing in POW camps and hospitals for more than two years, Ian had the good fortune of being placed on a list of injured men to be exchanged, man for man, with German prisoners. The little-known story of the history-making exchange that took place in Barcelona in October 1943 is detailed here, describing how thousands of allied and axis prisoners were safely returned to their homelands in the midst of war.Ians daughter, Angela Walker, has endeavored to preserve the details of her fathers extraordinary odyssey in full. Her tale circumnavigates the globe, weaving snippets taken from letters and extensive journals kept by her father in order to create a compelling, warm hearted and thrilling account of his war. Having once inspired her to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, her father now continues to inform and inspire her through the stories shes recovered from his past. Her book commemorates the efforts of all New Zealands wartime airmen who, like her father, made significant contributions in the fight for allied victory.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Five of the Many

Five of the Many

The enthralling stories of Wellington pilot Rupert Cooling, Wellington and Mosquito pilot Jack Goodman, Halifax pilot Joe Petrie-Andrews, Lancaster pilot Tony Iveson and Halifax and Mosquito navigator Harry Hughes transport the reader into ...

Author: Steve Darlow

Publisher: Grub Street the Basement

ISBN: 1904943985

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

View: 523

The enthralling stories of Wellington pilot Rupert Cooling, Wellington and Mosquito pilot Jack Goodman, Halifax pilot Joe Petrie-Andrews, Lancaster pilot Tony Iveson and Halifax and Mosquito navigator W. Harry Hughes transport the reader back to the intensity of the bomber battle over Western Europe.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Wellington Bomber

Wellington Bomber

... at Vickers and Supermarine and how it came about that while Wallis was to
give the nation the Wellington bomber , it was Mitchell ' s genius which evolved
the Spitfire fighter . It is impossible , therefore , to resist completing this story with
the ...

Author: Edward Bishop

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105029000622

Category: Vickers Wellington (Bomber)

Page: 160

View: 541

Beretter om udviklingen og anvendelsen af det britiske bombefly fra 2. verdenskrig, Vickers Wellington.
Categories: Vickers Wellington (Bomber)

Under a Bomber s Moon

Under a Bomber s Moon

Otto-Heinrich Fries proved to be both engaging and articulate, eventually allowing Harris to tell his story in this book. The result is a unique and personal account of two highly successful airmen from opposing sides.

Author: Stephen Harris

Publisher: Exisle Publishing

ISBN: 9781877437113

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 436

They were the best of enemies – dedicated, skilled and deadly. In the night skies above wartime Germany an RAF navigator-air bomber from New Zealand and a Luftwaffe pilot seek out their targets, testing the gap between success and their own destruction as they cross each other's paths. The odds are heavily against either of them making it through the war, but as this sobering realisation displaces their initial exuberant sense of adventure, both come to see in their youthful sacrifice the survival of all they hold dear. UNDER A BOMBER'S MOON reaches across the divide of years, of geography, of nationality, to tell their story largely in their own words – describing both the breathtaking clashes in the air and the camaraderie, humour, patriotism and personal tragedies that became their war. Stephen Harris began his journey of discovery because he wanted to know the truth of his great-uncle Colwyn Jones's fate. With Col's vividly written letters and diary as a starting-point, he set out to discover what really happened on the night Col's extraordinary luck ran out. Little did he know that his quest would lead him to a meeting with a former Luftwaffe pilot who was pitted against his great-uncle in the skies over Germany. Otto-Heinrich Fries proved to be both engaging and articulate, eventually allowing Harris to tell his story in this book. The result is a unique and personal account of two highly successful airmen from opposing sides.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

An Autobiography The world in ripeness

An Autobiography  The world in ripeness

It appeared that the Captain of a Wellington Bomber shot down over France had
escaped by devious routes and was ... not specifically stationed at Oakington ,
nevertheless shared our Mess ; and it seemed that he had a remarkable story to ...

Author: Herbert Ernest Bates

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:49015002026194

Category: Authors, English

Page:

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Categories: Authors, English

RAF Bomber Command in Fact Film and Fiction

RAF Bomber Command in Fact  Film and Fiction

Valour and the Horror , The : The Untold Story of Canadians in the Second World
War 14 Valour and the Horror ... 76 Wellington : Mainstay of Bomber Command
38 Wellington Special 42 Wellington : The Geodetic Giant 36 Wellington Wings ...

Author: Jonathan Falconer

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015040659263

Category: History

Page: 153

View: 394

A record of much that has been filmed, written or sound-recorded in English between 1939 and 1995 on the subject of RAF Bomber Command's offensive against Nazi Germany, which remains highly controversial. Includes an index for cross-referencing purposes.
Categories: History

ETA

ETA

Gordon Mellor served as a navigator with RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War, and ETA is the firsthand account of a conflict that tests not only his initiative and resilience, but also the ability to survive amidst the extreme ...

Author: Gordon Mellor

Publisher: Fighting High Publishing

ISBN: 9780993212932

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 170

Gordon Mellor served as a navigator with RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War, and ETA is the firsthand account of a conflict that tests not only his initiative and resilience, but also the ability to survive amidst the extreme dangers of a Nazi occupied Europe. Despite persistent attempts to join the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1938, it is not until 1940 that Gordon is called up, and having crossed the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic to Canada Gordon describes the rigours of his aircrew training. On his return to the UK he is posted to RAF Lichfield, where disaster strikes as his Wellington bomber comes down just short of the runway, killing the rear gunner. Gordon’s operational duties begin at RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, and No. 103 Squadron, which includes taking part in the ‘Thousand Bomber’ raids. On a raid to Aachen, in October 1942, all seems to be fine until a German nightfighter tails them and opens fire. With both wings ablaze the order to bale out is given, and Gordon manages to leave the stricken Halifax with only seconds to spare. His descent is brief, landing unceremoniously in a tree. What follows is an epic tale of intense risk and good fortune. A decision to knock on a farmhouse door is pivotal and Gordon soon finds himself part of the famous Comète escape line, set up by the Resistance to help Allied servicemen evade capture. An amazing ‘cloak and dagger’ journey follows with danger ever present, and betrayal a constant threat. ETA is a compelling story of bravery and strength of character, as Gordon Mellor, with a subtle hint of humor, describes the trials of bombing operations, the extraordinary circumstances of being shot down, and his remarkable evasion.
Categories: History

The Stain on the Glass

The Stain on the Glass

The local newspaper covered the visit in a moving story and raised questions in the mind of local resident, ex RAF Bomber Command pilot, Jeff Gray.

Author: Charles Jeffrey Gray

Publisher: Charles Jeffrey Gray

ISBN:

Category: Aircraft accidents

Page: 144

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In the early hours of January 4th 1944 a Wellington bomber of the RAF crashed in Brockhurst Wood near the village of Farnham Common. Of the crew of six only one survived. After the war the people of the village clubbed together for a memorial and installed a stained glass window in the Anglican Church of St. John's nearby. Forty years later Mrs. Florence Payne, mother of the dead rear-gunner, Sergeant Victor Payne, returned on a pilgrimage, revisiting the site and the church. The local newspaper covered the visit in a moving story and raised questions in the mind of local resident, ex RAF Bomber Command pilot, Jeff Gray. The newspaper indicated that the bomber was crippled and the young airmen died trying to avoid the village. What dreadful combination of circumstance had conspired against them? Captain Gray investigates…
Categories: Aircraft accidents

RAF Bomber Command and Its Aircraft 1941 1945

RAF Bomber Command and Its Aircraft  1941 1945

This second volume of the two volume set tells the story of how Bomber Command continued its tough, uphill battle and made a decisive contribution to the Allied Victory.

Author: James Goulding

Publisher: Ian Allan Pub

ISBN: 0711007888

Category: History

Page: 132

View: 666

This second volume of the two volume set tells the story of how Bomber Command continued its tough, uphill battle and made a decisive contribution to the Allied Victory. The continued development of such bombers as the Wellington, Lancaster and Mosquito is covered.
Categories: History

From the Wright Brothers to Top Gun

From the Wright Brothers to Top Gun

was acted by RAF personnel and the story concerns one Wellington bomber , F
for Freddie , operating from the pseudonymous ' Millerton ' airfield , and the
planning and execution of a single night bombing raid on Germany . A study of
aerial ...

Author: Michael Paris

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015031855458

Category: Flight in motion pictures.

Page: 218

View: 588

The cinema and aviation developed alongside each other, and were both products of the technology and imagination of the early 20th century. This book examines the ways in which aeroplanes and flying have been portrayed in the many different genres within popular cinema, from Hollywood epics to comedy spoofs to modern tragedies. It covers over 500 American and British films, including, The Dambusters, The High and the Mighty, Airplane, Top Gun and The Shadowmakers.
Categories: Flight in motion pictures.

The Story of St Martha s Catholic Parish

The Story of St  Martha s Catholic Parish

For training purposes , the obsolete Fairey Battle and the Anson bombers were
used . When he was on ... He was killed in Libya , in the front turret of the
Wellington bomber , November 25 , 1941 , after a series of bombing raids over
Germany .

Author: St. Martha's Catholic Parish, Sarasota, Fla. History Committee

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89064443427

Category:

Page: 325

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